Overseeing the Members' Interests Act
The Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968 is a small but significant part of the legal framework for local democracy.
The Auditor-General is the auditor of all public entities. Our role in administering the Act encompasses several functions:
- deciding applications for exemptions from or declarations relating to the discussing and voting rule in the Act;
- deciding applications for the approval of contracts worth more than $25,000 in a financial year;
- providing guidance to local authority members and officers, to help them comply with the Act in particular situations; and
- investigating and prosecuting alleged offences against the Act.
The Auditor-General regularly publishes guidance for local authority members about how to comply with the Act (see Conflicts of interest – A guide to the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968 and non-pecuniary conflicts of interest).
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